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19Mar Andy’s 3D Thoughts 19th March

3D ThoughtsIt’s 3 iDeas time to help you think Dramatically and Demonstrably Differently in the way you lead and drive your business forward. They include some innovative ideas for ‘onboarding’ your people, a lovely example of customer delight from Aer Lingus and some sad news for the people of the North Pole.

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12Mar Andy’s 3D Thoughts 12th March

3D ThoughtsSome absolutely brilliant customer service from Tesla’s Elon Musk is just one of this week’s 3 iDeas!  That, and 2 others, are all aimed at helping you think Dramatically and Demonstrably Differently in the way you lead and drive your business forward. There’s also news about the internet(!) and how winning businesses engage their people and maximise performance.

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12Mar Half Of UK Employees Can’t Recite Their Company Vision And Values – That Could Be OK!

A new report suggests that 52% of the UK’s workers cannot recite their organisation’s vision and 49% cannot recite their values. That might sound like bad news, but I do think that it needs to be clarified.

I’ve worked with lots of businesses where people can’t ‘recite’ them, but can give you a good ‘feel’ for where the company is heading and what is expected of them. In other words, it’s NOT about ‘recital’, it’s about understanding, ‘buy in’ and engagement! 

However, I understand where the report is coming from and it does highlight some key issues for business leaders. For example, 27% feel their organisation’s vision or values have too much corporate jargon and almost one in five (18%) say they don’t reflect what the company is actually like.

The report by Rungway suggests that older employees (above 45!) are the least likely among age groups to be able to recite their company’s vision, and those working in IT services are the most likely to be able to recite their company’s vision (59%) while bank workers (63%) were the best at reciting company values. That’s all very well being able to recite them – the key for me is do they actually ‘live’ them?

So, what does this mean for your business? Well, when we work with clients helping them shape and share their vision and values, employees typically ask (the leaders, their colleagues or themselves)

  • Why are we doing this?
  • How is this vision relevant to me?
  • What specifically do you want me to do?
  • How will I be measured?
  • What consequences will I face?
  • What tools and support are available?
  • What’s in it for me?

The role of the leader is to help people answer these questions and ‘get them engaged’. Can yours?

They also ask…

  • How are we doing?

In other words, you need to keep them informed and updated on progress and successes.

Our research suggests that’s what winning businesses ‘Get That Vision Thing’ (It’s 3Characteristic #1 in our 7 Characteristics of 3D Businesses ) and this means they…

  • Establish A Vision… a clear picture of the future that gives them and their people something to aim for – it creates real focus and direction. They involve all their key people and ensure that there is consensus and consistency and something ‘tangible’ to aim for.
  • Get Buy In And Engage Their People… by ensuring that everyone understands where they’re heading and what that ‘vision’ means for them! That doesn’t mean ensuring that everyone can recite the cash flow backwards, but that they have a clear understanding of where they’re heading and where they fit in!
  • Work ‘ON’ Their Vision… and proactively create sufficient time to think and work ‘strategically’ and use their vision to… people and identifying the key steps they need to take to achieve them! They
  • Drive Things Forward… by setting key goals and objectives for theirkeep their vision alive by sharing progress and successes.

It’s NOT about ‘reciting’ things, it’s about creating a picture of the future that ‘stimulates, excites and inspires’.

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05Mar Andy’s 3D Thoughts 5th March

3D ThoughtsIt’s 3D Thoughts time!

This week’s 3 iDeas  are all aimed at helping you think in a Dramatically and Demonstrably Differently way and will hopefully get you to then DO SOMETHING!

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26Feb Andy’s 3D Thoughts 27th February

3D ThoughtsSorry, we’re a day late, but here are this week’s 3D Thoughts all aimed at helping you think Dramatically and Demonstrably Differently!

This week’s 3 iDeas include what millennials expect from work, how Webmart’s Simon Biltcliffe deals with that and lessons in leadership from Airbnb’s Brian Chesky.    

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26Feb Airbnb’s Brian Chesky ‘Gets That Vision Thing’!

Airbnb’s founder and Chief Executive Brian Chesky has just launched the latest ‘vision’ for the business and it’s all very ambitious stuff! As the business is now 10 years old, he has shared in a open letter to the Airbnb community his picture of the future for the next 10 years.

It ‘re-imagines’ the travel industry and highlights the role that Airbnb will play in doing that. It’s about growth, it’s about expanding the offer and reaching new markets in type and location. That includes creating facilities for EVERY type of traveller, whether you want a honeymoon getaway, a boathouse, or a tree-house!

A big step up target is Airbnb Plus which has luxury houses with a concierge service – certainly a long way from the original vision of 1,000 people renting their airbeds for fellow guests at conferences and events back in 2008 and their initial idea of “democratising travel”.

In a fantastic interview on the Danny In The Valley podcast, he explains how they went from that original ‘vision’ of the people renting their airbeds at conferences, to people renting their rooms, and then someone wanting to rent a room in London without a conference being involved, through to people renting their homes all around the world. He also talks about the vision for the next 10 years, and it’s exciting stuff – there’s even talk of an airline AirBnb!!!!

Credit: AirBnb

It’s a great example of a business demonstrating 3D Characteristic #1: Get That Vision Thing! Our research into successful Dramatically and Demonstrably Different businesses (more details here) shows that they have a clear picture of the future that ‘stimulates excites and inspires everyone’ in the business and this drives their performance. It’s worth pointing out that Martin Luther King didn’t stand on Capitol Hill in 1963 and say “I’ve got a strategic business plan and a cash flow forecast”. He created a ‘dream’ that changed the world. We’re not saying your business has to change the world, but do you have a picture of the future that ‘stimulates, excites and inspires’ both you and of course, your people?

Where will your business be in 5 years time? What will you be doing (differently)? What won’t you be doing? What will be happening that isn’t happening now? What won’t be happening that is?  How will you be feeling? What will be in place in 3 years time? If that needs to happen, what needs to be in place in 12 months time? Do you have that clear picture? Do your people know it? Does it shape and focus them (and you) in your day to day activities?

So what does a vision will like? Well it’s NOT.. simply a set of financial figures, a business plan…. a ‘pie in the sky idea’ (although we think it should stretch you’!)…. or the words in the MD’s speech at the company annual conference!

A ‘vision’ IS …. a picture of future we want… something that stimulates, excites and inspires…. shared, agreed and committed to at a senior level…. a point of strategic focus for everyone to work towards…. and a driver and shaper of performance.

So, what does ‘Getting That Vision Thing’ involve?

Well, here are 10 Things We See 3D Businesses Do:

They…

1. Create it…. They establish a clear picture of the future that ‘stimulates, excites and inspires’ everyone in the business. It starts by being something that ‘stimulates, excites and inspires’ themselves.

2. Establish Consensus…. There is clear agreement of that picture of the future from all the key players in the business.

3. Get ‘Buy – In’…. Everyone in their business has bought into that future picture and feels part of it

4. Make It Tangible…. They turn their vision into clear tangible goals and targets that drive both individual and business performance

5. Get ‘Alignment’…. They ensure everyone in the business has clear objectives and performance targets linked to that vision – they all pull in the same direction!

6. Use it… They ensure that their vision shapes and drives their day to day decisions at every level of the business.

7. Celebrate Success…. They proactively highlight and share their successes and the individuals that contribute to it.

8. Keep It ‘Alive’… They proactively keep all their people updated on progress and plans in a timely, meaningful and relevant way.

Steve-Jobs-with-iphone9. Work ‘ON’ it…They consistently create time for their (senior) people to think and work ‘strategically’ ‘on’ the business to review progress and look forwards

10. Revisit And Redo It…. They consciously create time to keep looking ahead and create their next vision!

So 3 questions for you…

  1. Have you ‘Got That Vision Thing’?

  2. Are your people stimulated, excited, and inspired by it?

  3. Are you?

As another one of the great ‘visionaries’ of our time, Steve Jobs said…

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you”

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